This week, Naughty Dog’s award winner gets an encore, and a trio of uniquely Japanese titles makes for some great genre choices, especially for Vita owners. Come have a look at this week’s promising videogame releases.
The Last of Us: Left Behind (PS3)
Naughty Dog hit it out of the park with the expertly realized world of ‘The Last of Us’. That’s why the prequel DLC, ‘The Last of Us: Left Behind‘, is a huge deal for fans.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (360, PS3)
Naturally, ‘Final Fantasy XIII’ fans will want to check out the concluding third installment, ‘Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII‘. The game’s set-up, which involves a repeating thirteen day period that precedes the end of the world, is more intriguing than a lot of recent ‘Final Fantasy’ fare. The retro trailer is even better.
DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PS Vita)
‘DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc‘ involves “a group of high school students who are pulled into a deadly trial, judged by a murderous bear.” And it gets better from there. The group of students, most of whom are the ultimates in their particular fields (ultimate baseball player, ultimate writer, ultimate gang leader), are pitted against each other. Only one can be released, and only if that one can kill another student without being caught in the subsequent trial. If the wrong student is convicted by their peers, then everybody dies… Wow, Hope Academy is tough! (Check out the High-Def Digest review.)
Toukiden: The Age of Demons (PS Vita)
From Tecmo Koei’s Omega Force, who are synonymous with the ‘Dynasty Warriors’ franchise, ‘Toukiden: The Age of Demons‘ is a major Japanese hit built on co-op brawling gameplay. This might only be blip on the Vita, but if it eventually jumps to the PS3 or PS4, it could really be big (like ‘Monster Hunter’ big) here in the States. Get ready to fight some Oni.
FarCry Compilation (PS3)
The ‘FarCry Compilation‘ is just a straightforward bundling (disc versions) of three very good games. ‘FarCry 2’ is a personal favorite with its African setting, but ‘FarCry 3’ and the neon ’80s action parody ‘FarCry 3: Blood Dragon’ are great as well, which makes the collection perfection for those new to the franchise.
FarCry Classic (XBLA for 360, PSN for PS3)
Naturally, the above compilation is missing the original Crytek-developed ‘FarCry’, which has never before been released on consoles. Not only will ‘FarCry Classic’ port the original free-roam tropical shooter title, but the game has been retouched and is hopefully better than ever.